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Biology, Ecology/Environmental Biology Concentration, B.S.

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The B.S. in Biology is recommended for students planning a career in an area of biology, or especially if planning to attend graduate school for a Master’s or Ph.D. degree.  B.S. students have the option of designing their course of study to emphasize one subspecialty within the Biological Sciences.  They may choose one of three concentrations:  (1) Cell Biology/Physiology  (2) Ecology/Environmental Biology  , or (3) Microbiology .   Planning for one of the options should be done in consultation with an academic advisor.

Admission Requirements


  • Minimum GPA:  2.0; students with GPA below 2.0 should consult with departmental advisor; students with prior credit earned at UNC Charlotte must have a minimum overall and a Biology GPA of 2.0.
  • Pre-Major/Prerequisite Courses:  Complete the following with minimum grades of C:
  • Declaration of Major: Students are eligible to declare a Major in Biology when enrolled in the above courses.


  • Minimum GPA:  2.0
  • Pre-Major/Prerequisite Courses:  All incoming students begin as Pre-Biology and declare upper-division once requirements are met.
  • Transferable Credit Hours:  24

Degree Requirements

A B.S. degree in Biology with a Concentration in Ecology/Environmental Biology consists of 44 credit hours of biology courses, including all required courses for a B.S. degree in Biology.  Students also take at least four courses in sub-areas of environmental biology. 

General Education Courses (37-41 credit hours)

For details on required courses, refer to the General Education Program .  All Biology majors must take three hours of Writing Intensive (W) coursework in Biology at UNC Charlotte.

Foreign Language Requirement (0-8 credit hours)

For details on required courses, refer to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Foreign Language Requirement 

Major Courses (29-30 credit hours)

Concentration Courses (12-16 credit hours)

Select one sub-area below and complete four courses in that area:

Research/Honors Course (3 credit hours)

Students are encouraged to take one of the following courses under the direction of one of the Environmental Biology faculty:

Unrestricted Elective Courses

As needed to complete the credit hours required for graduation.

Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours

Academic Advising

This course program should be planned in consultation with one of the Ecology/Environmental Biology faculty.

Cooperative Education Program

Students majoring in Biology may obtain practical work experience while pursuing their degrees.  The Cooperative Education Program allows qualified students either to alternate semesters of academic study with semesters of full-time work experience or to combine part-time academic study and part-time work during the same semester.  Students who are in good standing with the University, have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5, and have completed 30 credit hours are eligible to apply.  Transfer students are required to complete 12 credit hours at the University prior to application. The work experience is arranged by the University Career Center and must be approved by the Department of Biological Sciences.  Placements are based on a student’s academic interests and on the availability of appropriate positions and are carried out under the supervision of a Biology faculty member who serves as co-op advisor.  Work semesters are followed by participation in the Biology Cooperative Education Seminar.

Grade Requirements

Majors must earn a C or above in BIOL 2120  and BIOL 2130  before taking other Biology courses.  Any student who earns less than a C may retake the course once, for a total of two attempts.  After twice receiving a grade below C in BIOL 2120 , BIOL 2130 , or BIOL 2140L , students may not enroll in the course again and are ineligible for continuation in bachelor degree programs in Biology.  Additionally, students who have two successive semesters with a cumulative GPA in Biology of less than 2.0 are ineligible for continuation in bachelor degree programs in Biology.

Honors Program

For details about the Honors Program in Biology, visit the program page .

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